Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Cleaned and polished the outside of the cap and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new, properly sized sac. Hand polished the 18K Gold Filled Cap Banding, Gold Filled Waterman Ideal Clip, 18K Gold Filled Ideal Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman 14K Green Keyhole nib. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever are crisp and clean and display no brassing. The Waterman Ideal Clip and gold-filled cap banding displays no wear and have been polished to shine brightly again. There are no cracks, nicks, or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 5 measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in the Red Ripple pattern. The coloring is gorgeous displaying deep red and black coloring. The lever box assembly is crisp and clean with "IDEAL" on the lever easily seen with the naked eye and no gold fill wear. The Waterman Ideal Clip and the gold-filled cap banding is perfect with no wear. All 18K Gold Filled trim has been polished to shine brightly. This Waterman #5 barrel has an imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG. U.S. IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFFICE FOUNTAIN PEN RIPPLE". The butt end of the fountain pen has a crisp number "5" imprint. The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. There are no monograms or personalization to either the cap or barrel. There are no cracks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 5 measures 5 1/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted.
The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. I have tested the lever filling systems with water and works flawlessly and as it was originally intended to.
This Waterman has the not so common Green Keyhole Nib. The Green color-coded Waterman Nib is known for having Medium manifold popular among stenographers. The iridium tipping is in excellent condition with the point measuring .81mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a fine line measuring roughly .54mm on the horizontal strokes and will flex up to a medium line of roughly .85mm with firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The nib performs very well - writes very smoothly. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This is antique Waterman #5 Red Ripple Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition using the scarce Green Keyhole nib. I would consider the condition of this Waterman #5 in excellent condition and certainly a Grail collector grade writing instrument. One of the best fountain pens that I have in my collection.
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